19 killed in China coal mine blast

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 12, 2011 05:50 hrs

Beijing, March 12 (IANS) At least 19 people were killed Saturday when an explosion occurred in a coal mine in southwest China, authorities said.

The gas blast hit the Xincheng coal mine in Panxian county of Guizhou province when 34 people were working underground, Xinhua reported.

Nineteen bodies were recovered, while 15 miners managed to escape, a statement said.